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Poster: CharlieMiller Date: Jan 4, 2012 9:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Stories about taping in the 60's and 70's?

I started taping in 1978 but didn't tape the GD till Spring 83. Some of my best stories come from sneaking gear into JGB shows between 89 - 92. They were multitracking those shows and taping was tough.

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Jan 5, 2012 9:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Stories about taping in the 60's and 70's?

Charlie, would you and others be interested in creating a Taper's Compendium Collection here on The Archive? My idea is the intention to create 50 or more Audio items on The Archive - sooner, rather than later. After discussing this a little bit, we can e-mail The Archive at some point. The Archive will create this New Collection for us, and we can be the administrators.

The default Media-type would be Audio. But, here on The Archive, you can always combine audio, images, video, and text media-types in a single item. The Archive's file deriver is a very useful tool. Initially, we could cover a lot of interesting topics that involve taping, transferring, and mastering. We would also have a Forum for discussions, story-telling, and perhaps some ground-breaking innovative touches. Use your imagination!

In an ideal world: you and I could create fun part-time jobs for ourselves and others; and we might generate a donation revenue stream for The Archive. I don't see anyone else - anywhere in the world - doing this yet. Frankly, it's a no-brainer to me. The first item to go into the new Taper's Compendium Collection should be Owsley "Bear" Stanley interview with David Gans on 1991-01-13.

In the meantime, I'm getting dosed with the band. One of the most remarkable Ampex taper flashbacks I'm having is this YouTube video — Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder Plug-In Trailer for UAD-2.
I'm staying dosed peacefully in Fort Collins
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This post was modified by dead-head_Monte on 2012-01-05 17:46:24

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Poster: CharlieMiller Date: Jan 5, 2012 2:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Stories about taping in the 60's and 70's?

Hey Monte, we should interview each other. Something like us talking about taping stories and posting an mp3 of the conversation.

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Jan 5, 2012 2:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Stories about taping in the 60's and 70's?

The possibilities are endless. Jerry Moore has passed, but Rob Berger is still around to fill in. Personally, I want to interview Bill Gadsden!

The last thread I saw developing on Lossless Legs about Bob Menke was shocking. Who's going to interview him?

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Poster: CharlieMiller Date: Jan 5, 2012 7:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Stories about taping in the 60's and 70's?

I talk with Menke every now and then, and have spoke with Bill Gadsden often, very nice guy. Jim Wise has some great taping stories, as does my good friend Bob Wagner.

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Jan 6, 2012 6:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Stories about taping in the 60's and 70's?

At this point, my thinking is to try and put some structure to this proposal. It's no secret that I've thought about this for awhile. I don't want to hog the idea, and I don't want it to be too much about me. The fact that you (and others) might consider participating in creating this project with me is what I'm looking for! People keep asking about this stuff. If someone else has already done this, I'm not aware of it. Why shouldn't we give it try?

True, I have a few things to say. I also have some interesting questions I'd like to ask some of the tapers. I'm dying to hear a few things that others have to say. Taping live shows - and circulating them - is perhaps the most controversial and mysterious aspect concerning live music recordings. A good overview that includes a robust conversation would be informative, helpful, and ground-breaking.

Have you asked, or could you now ask, some of the tapers you've mentioned what they think about publicly getting involved in a Taper's Compendium online? Who wants to go first, and why? What are the criterion? Do we need to do anything to protect them from Trolls? In Jerry Moore's case, I'm thinking Rob Berger and Jerry's brother might be able to jump in to help out. Isn't The Archive's Jeff Kaplan another taper? (I once asked on this forum if Seth Kaplan is his brother?) I've seen tapes from both names. Would it be prudent to distinguish "vintage" taping (analog) from "contemporary" taping (digital)?

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Poster: JackDog Date: Jan 6, 2012 12:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Stories about taping in the 60's and 70's?

"Would it be prudent to distinguish "vintage" taping (analog) from "contemporary" taping (digital)?"

In the opinion of this 21st century taper, YES! Although for the purposes of this discussion I would include DAT tapes with the analog equipment. They may be digital, but since they're actual tapes, I feel that they've still got one foot firmly in the "analog" world.

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Poster: JackDog Date: Jan 5, 2012 10:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Stories about taping in the 60's and 70's?

"I started taping in 1978 but didn't tape the GD till Spring 83. Some of my best stories come from sneaking gear into JGB shows between 89 - 92."

I'm interested in all live concert taping, not just the GD or JGB (but those would be the ones that I'm most interested in reading). Also, thank you for doing what you've done. I've got a few of your recordings and remasters. Great stuff!

And I've read some of the posts that Monty has made and they're very entertaining (and heartbreaking when you read about missing recordings). Reading his posts over the summer (while killing time at work) is actually what got me back into listening to the Grateful Dead and reading about them. For a few years I was only listening to shows that I was at, so it's been a nice journey to listen to recordings that I haven't listened to for years.